Campaigns against Tobacco Use

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One of the pernicious threats to human-life on Earth is of tobacco use only. India is the second largest producer of world’s tobacco! Tobacco kills more than 7 million people yearly world-wide due to direct tobacco use while around 8.90 lakhs are of second-hand smoke. India is one among the top 3 counties with 11.2% of world-smokers! Andhra Pradesh is the largest tobacco producer in India. Everyday about 2200 people die in India due to tobacco use being the second-leading death-cause! 

The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA) is the principal-comprehensive-law governing tobacco control in India. It deals with Prohibition of Advertisement, Regulation of Trade/Commerce, Production, Supply/Distribution, specific pack-warnings, sale to minors, Taxes, Smoke-free areas, penalties, shops & sales 100 meters radius of educational institutions, public smoking, indoor workplace smoking etc. And India became a party to WHO’s FCTC in 2005. Almost 95% of bus stands, even notable-locations in AP have tobacco-spit-marks and heaped-up cigarette/beedi remnants and empty plastic tobacco packets! And according to the recently released GATS (Global Adult Tobacco Survey), AP state, 30.0% of men adults either smoke tobacco and/or use smokeless tobacco! AP is the highest smokers’ state in India with a total of 42.8% of total population smoke cigarettes and other forms of smoking!! And a total of 43.3% indoor adult workers and 18.5% of adults in public places are exposed to the second-hand smoke!!

Since “enactments” rather than “Acts/Bills making” is inevitable, we need to work in facilitating effective implementation of COTPA focusing on two aspects; Creating Smoke-Free Guntur City and Exclusive Tobacco Vendor Licensing and taxation increase. And it is not Government and Departments responsibilities alone, but a collective exertion of us also in democratic and constitutional “People’s demands”.

Requests and Demand from Govt. and Departments:     


  • Implement COTPA guidelines, rules and recommendations.

  • Enforce related laws, Acts and Recommendations to control, prevent and restrict tobacco products and illegal use, sales and trade.

  • Increase taxation on tobacco products as per COTPA and other Acts related.

  • Issues orders to concerned departments, offices, officials, PRIs and all to enact on COTPA towards saving our City Guntur from “Smoke”.

  • Issue favourable orders for Policy formation for Exclusive Tobacco Vendor Licensing.


Requests and Demand from Youth and Children:

  • Let ourselves and other youngsters understand Old Tobacco Boys Vs New Tobacco Boys

  • Join and work to “TOBACCO” to “TOBACCO” (The Obstinate Boys Always Chewing for Coffin in Oblivions to The Obedient Boys’ Association for Control, Cessate and Omit)

  • Change “TB” to “TB” (“Tuberculosis to “Tobacco Banned”)

  • Don’t buy “CANCER” for mere pleasure, but teach others that they “CAN, Cease, Eradicate and Recover”


Request and Demand from Religious Groups:    


  • Don’t allow smoking or sales or chewing of tobacco products 100 meters radius of worship institution as they are “holy places”.

  • Worship places are God’s abodes of “Life” and so don’t allow “Tobacco Killer/Death”

  • Teach followers or believers not to “Commit suicide” as “Tobacco is a killer”


Request and Demand from all:

  • Lets us demand for Exclusive Vendor Licensing for Tobacco Products’ Retail Sales.

  • Increase taxation on tobacco products so to reduce tobacco easy availability.

  • Educate and save our children and youth from the “Pernicious Tobacco threat”

  • Support the campaigns to have collective action to enact COTPA 2003 Act in our State and Guntur City.

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